The UK ITV listings magazine
TV TIMES ran a one-page black and white article
to launch the series in most of the regions. With
Scottish the first to screen the series ('The
Star Maidens' as it's referred to in this piece),
the article from the Scottish edition of the magazine
is reproduced here, from the 28 Aug - 3rd Sep
By Alan Kennaugh
Strange sights have been seen down at the film
studios of the Bray International Film Centre,
Berkshire, where once Dracula's brides were pushed
into acid baths and Frankenstein stomped the backlots
in a collection of Hammer horror films. Women's
Lib has taken over.
For in the world depicted in The Star Maidens,
starting on Wednesday, women govern and men look
after the children, cook, clean and do all the
It's a fantasy of course. And Ian Warner, head
of the company who made the series is hoping German
television audiences who are seeing episodes at
the same time as Scottish viewers will see the
funny side of it.
The idea for the strange planet came from a German
television company. "We saw the funny side and
made it tongue-in-cheek," Warner says. "For instance,
the stories concern two men who escape from the
planet and dash for Earth where, they believe,
men have a much better time and women do as they
"There's a lot of fun to be had out of this basic
plot, and anyway, I think it's time to get away
from the usual science-fiction approach, with
its po-faced characters."
The series stars Dawn Addams and Judy Geeson.
Christiane Kruger, daughter of film star Hardy
Kruger, is also involved - and she takes Women's
Lib seriously. She is married to artist and photographer
Manfred Bockelmann and they have a lovely home
in West Germany.
"My husband has his own apartment in it - and
so do I," she says. "We have communicating doors
but we also have private entrances, so that if
he does not want to join me when I have film people
there, and I don't want to join his discussions,
then we don't need to. We don't want our life
to be humdrum and to start taking each other for
granted, which happens in so many marriages."
These ladies don't take all the leading roles,
however. Pierre Brice who makes a rare appearance
on British TV screens, is a French film star of
international reputation and is best remembered
as Winnetou the Warrior, in a series of 'sauerkraut'
(made in Germany) westerns, with Stewart Granger.
He plays Adam, the servant of Fulvia, portrayed
by Judy Geeson. He escapes to Earth because he
wants to live with a woman - but as an equal.